Shea Weber

As soon as the check clears, Golden Knights ready to deal

While 30 NHL teams were talking trades ahead of this week's deadline, the wheeling and dealing is about to begin for the 31st.

The expansion Vegas Golden Knights can begin making trades and signing free agents for next season as soon as owner Bill Foley's final payment clears with the league. The expansion draft is almost four months away, but Vegas could get some clarity — and some assets — very soon.

"We've been talking with teams here for a few weeks now," general manager George McPhee said. "Teams are looking for some certainty with their rosters and obviously trying to improve their rosters before the trading deadline and they want to talk to us to see if...

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